Becoming Brilliant

Becoming Brilliant : What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children

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In just a few years, today's children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those their parents and grandparents knew. Even the definition of ""career"" and ""job"" are changing as more people build their own teams to create new businesses, apps, and services. Although these changes are well underway, most systems lag behind. Most education systems still subscribe to the idea that content is king. The exclusive focus on content is reflected in what is tested and taught, and even in the toys that we offer our children at home. Employers want to hire excellent communicators, critical thinkers, and innovators - in short, they want brilliant people. But they are often disappointed. So what can we do, as parents, to help our children be brilliant and successful?

Stories about the failures of our educational systems abound, but most of them stop after pointing out the problems. Becoming Brilliant goes beyond complaining to offer solutions that parents can apply right now.

Authors Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek provide a science-based framework for how we should be educating children in and outside school. Parents become agents of change for children's success when they nurture six critical skills.

Constructed from the latest scientific evidence and presented in an accessible way rich with examples, this book introduces the 6Cs - collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence - along with tips to optimise children's development in each area.

Taken together, these are the skills that will make up the straight-A report card for success in the 21st century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Washington DC, United States
  • English
  • 1433822393
  • 9781433822391
  • 98,448

Table of contents

Table of Contents: Acknowledgments
1. Redefining Success in the 21st Century
2. The Learning Industry and the Learning Sciences: How Educational Reform Sent Us in the Wrong Direction
3. The Skills Needed for Success Are Global
4. Hard Skills and Soft Skills: Finding the Perfect Balance
5. Collaboration: No One Can Fiddle a Symphony
6. Communication: Lines of Connection
7. Toppling the King That Is Content
8. Critical Thinking: What Counts as Evidence?
9. Creative Innovation: Rearranging the Old to Make the New
10. Confidence: Dare to Fail
11. A Report Card for the 21st Century
Epilogue: What If? The Reprise
About the Authors
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A New York Times Bestseller
Bronze Medal, Living Now Book Awards (Parenting)
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About Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, obtained her bachelor's degree at Brooklyn College, her PhD at Cornell University, USA, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She is the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education and professor of psychology and of linguistics and cognitive science at the University of Delaware, USA.

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, USA and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy, as well as the role of play in learning.
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